19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me.(A)
    You are my strength;(B) come quickly(C) to help me.(D)
20 Deliver me from the sword,(E)
    my precious life(F) from the power of the dogs.(G)
21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;(H)
    save me from the horns of the wild oxen.(I)

22 I will declare your name to my people;
    in the assembly(J) I will praise you.(K)
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!(L)
    All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!(M)
    Revere him,(N) all you descendants of Israel!
24 For he has not despised(O) or scorned
    the suffering of the afflicted one;(P)
he has not hidden his face(Q) from him
    but has listened to his cry for help.(R)

25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;(S)
    before those who fear you[a] I will fulfill my vows.(T)
26 The poor will eat(U) and be satisfied;
    those who seek the Lord will praise him—(V)
    may your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth(W)
    will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    will bow down before him,(X)
28 for dominion belongs to the Lord(Y)
    and he rules over the nations.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 22:25 Hebrew him

Sin, Confession and Redemption

59 Surely the arm(A) of the Lord is not too short(B) to save,
    nor his ear too dull to hear.(C)
But your iniquities have separated(D)
    you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
    so that he will not hear.(E)
For your hands are stained with blood,(F)
    your fingers with guilt.(G)
Your lips have spoken falsely,(H)
    and your tongue mutters wicked things.
No one calls for justice;(I)
    no one pleads a case with integrity.
They rely(J) on empty arguments, they utter lies;(K)
    they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.(L)
They hatch the eggs of vipers(M)
    and spin a spider’s web.(N)
Whoever eats their eggs will die,
    and when one is broken, an adder is hatched.
Their cobwebs are useless for clothing;
    they cannot cover themselves with what they make.(O)
Their deeds are evil deeds,
    and acts of violence(P) are in their hands.
Their feet rush into sin;
    they are swift to shed innocent blood.(Q)
They pursue evil schemes;(R)
    acts of violence mark their ways.(S)
The way of peace they do not know;(T)
    there is no justice in their paths.
They have turned them into crooked roads;(U)
    no one who walks along them will know peace.(V)

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Jesus Heals the Blind and the Mute

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”(A)

28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

“Yes, Lord,” they replied.(B)

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”;(C) 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.”(D) 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.(E)

32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed(F) and could not talk(G) was brought to Jesus. 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”(H)

34 But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”(I)

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